It’s been a week since Disney announced changes to the Wine & Dine half marathon weekend this year and in typical Disney fashion they decided to unveil the changes after registration had been scheduled to open and the dates for the weekend had been announced. The changes turned what was the last of the remaining Disney night races into a typical morning run, added a 10k, and shifted the post-race party to Epcot at night.
Changes were inevitable to the Wine & Dine race weekend. Reality is, the construction in Hollywood Studios and the removal of the Osborne lights meant the course was going to change. The popularity of 10k races more so than the challenges meant that one was coming to this weekend inevitably. What did surprise me, though, was moving the half marathon to the morning and the after party to Sunday night. Honestly, I thought if they moved the race to the morning, they were just going to cancel the party completely.
Honestly, I like the morning races better. I like getting up, going out, doing the race, and being done for the day by 8 am, I’m an old lady like that. This is despite the fact that I am an evening runner. The biggest gripe I always had with the party was that I had to walk around post-run like a sweaty, smelly mess so honestly, I’m 100% ok with going back to my room, showering, and changing before the party starts.
People are outraged over the changes, but honestly, Wine & Dine is the race that everyone loves in theory and in reality all I ever hear anyone do is complain about it. The weather, the party crowds… I am convinced that Disney put “wine less, run more” on their jackets as a dig at the runners.
I get where the frustration/anger comes from, but aside from the initial surprise I can’t get too genuinely upset by this.
Thoughts on Wine & Dine?